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Synthego High-Throughput Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Genome Engineering

Synthego has launched a genome engineering service for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The new offering expands on Synthego's automated cell editing technology to achieve high editing efficiency of iPS cells at an industrial scale. Synthego said its cell-editing platform makes editing, cloning, and maintaining high pluripotency in clinically relevant iPS cells easier, with editing rates as high as 90 percent prior to cloning and 100 percent in clones. The new offering of iPS cells includes modifications by gene knockout, single-nucleotide variation, protein tagging, and other knock-ins.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.